Chicago hooks ‘Big Fish’

Musical to debut in spring 2013

The Broadway-aimed musical adaptation of 2003 Columbia Pictures film “Big Fish” has lined up a Chicago world preem in a tryout run that will star Norbert Leo Butz.

Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, who produced the film, are also behind the stage version, presented in the Windy City as part of the Broadway in Chicago slate of legit programming. Original screenwriter John August (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) pens the book for the tuner with songs by Andrew Lippa (“The Addams Family”). Susan Stroman (“The Scottsboro Boys,” “The Producers”) helms and choreographs.

Butz is on tap to appear on the Rialto this fall in Theresa Rebeck’s “Dead Accounts,” toplined by Katie Holmes. That gig won’t get in the way of “Big Fish,” which begins perfs in Chi in April.

Storyline of the musical centers on a son’s efforts to connect with his father, an inveterate teller of tall tales. Tim Burton directed the movie, which was based on the 1998 Daniel Wallace novel and starred Ewan McGregory, Albert Finney and Billy Crudup.

Chicago is one of the country’s go-to spots for Broadway tryouts, with the city having hosted pre-Broadway runs for shows including “The Addams Family” and “The Producers.” “Big Fish” is set for a five-week run there at the Oriental Theater starting April 2.

Exact Broadway timeline for the musical has yet to be set.

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